​Microsoft trains machine to answer ‘What’s that animal in your basket?’

The Microsoft software breaks the process down into several stages to identify the content of images. Image: Microsoft Research/Carnegie Mellon Microsoft Research and a team at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a system that can train machines to examine an image and seek to answer questions the way a human might ask them. Microsoft’s latest effort in developing the tools for artificial intelligence focus on the field of so-called ‘image-question answering’, which aims to automatically answer natural-language questions about the content of a given image. That’s easier than it sounds, even for a seemingly simple image of a dog sitting in a bike basket. To answer the question, ‘What’s sitting in the basket on a bicycle?’ requires multi-step reasoning, the researchers from Carnegie Mellon and Microsoft Research noted. The system…


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